Sabbia is obtained using Arneis grapes, vinified as a red wine, with skins contact during fermentation, and aging in barrique.
Oxidized wines have no additives and are very natural with complex aromas and flavours. Sabbia is no exception; expect chamomile and green tea, ripe peaches and toasty character with nutty notes. Rich and full-bodied. This highly unique wine ferments in steel tanks, without controlled temperature, and maceration of up to 45 days with skins and seeds. Nearly 2 years of aging occur in old French barriques, typical to this process. The wine’s sand colour mirrors the vineyard’s orange colour and is the inspiration for its name – Sabbia – Italian word for “sand”.
Variety: 100% Arneis grapes
Colour: light orange
Scent in perfume: intense, with note of ripe peaches and apricots. Light spices, green tea and chamomile
Flavour: full-bodied, pleasant note of ripe yellow fruits and nuts. Mineral and saline sensations with light oak nuances.
Best served at: 8-10° C. – 47-50° F.
Food matches: fish soup, foie-gras, spicy ethnic foods
Arneis is a white grape vine very ancient, originary from Piedmont. Roero Counts, feudatories of the homonymous area, brought with them some vine shoots from Basso Monferrato in their new feudal territories. From XV century in fact we found this vine especially in Roero area and some sources link his name to the latin term Renexij, after the name of Renesio hill, behind the town of Canale. After many centuries of popularity, this varietal was heavily hit by the wine crisis and depopulation of the countryside that occurred during the inter-war period. Towards the end of the 1960s, Arneis was nearly lost, cultivated in only a few rows within Nebbiolo vineyards because the sweetness of its fruit attracted hungry birds, keeping them at bay from the more remunerative Nebbiolo.
It was thanks to the entrepreneurial know-how of a small group of producers, who realised that a good white wine among so many reds was necessary to the area, that Arneis was saved from extinction and production recommenced. Part of Arneis’ recent success is undoubtedly due to careful selection of clones which has significantly improved its quality. Until a few decades ago, in fact, Arneis vines tended to become deformed – probably giving rise to the name of the vine itself, which, in local dialect signifies a madcap or capricious person.
In the dry sandstone of the Roero, soft, permeable soils where the layers of sand are interspersed with marl, the Arneis acquires subtle and elegant aromas reminiscent of white flowers and fresh fruit.
More recently, Arneis was transferred also to the most friable and sandiest lands of the Langhe. This movement gave origin to two Doc: the first one is located on the left side of the Tanaro river and is called Roero Arneis DOCG, the second takes the name of Langhe Arneis DOC.
Production area: Vezza d’Alba
Height o.s.l.: 70 – 250 m
Sun exposure: sud – sud east
Vines per hectare: around 3200
Farming: tradizional – guyot
Kg of grapes per hectare: no more than 90 quintals/hectar
Soil: stratified argil for the most part with calcareous nature
Year of implant: 1980
Wine per hectare: no more than 6.000 litres